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In InDesign CS5: Interactive Documents and Presentations, Adobe Certified Instructor and designer James Fritz shows print designers how to use InDesign by itself and in conjunction Flash Professional to layout and design a wide range of digital documents. The course provides a tour of digital publishing trends, showing real-world examples of what can be achieved through InDesign. Several start-to-finish projects are also included, such as creating a presentation with transitions and animations, and building an interactive microsite. Exercise files accompany the course.
One of the best examples of what you can create with InDesign CS5 is Born Presents. Design agency Belle & Wissell set out to develop an electronic publication to celebrate the 14 years of Born Magazine. This article explains Belle & Wissell's experience of using InDesign to create this project. By taking advantage of InDesign's new interactive features, their print designers were able to expand their skills into the interactive realm while using tools they already know. As you scroll down on this page, there is a link that we can click on to launch Born Presents. After the page loads, we'll see the cover of Born Presents with a series of dots that slowly fade into the number of projects and contributors that worked on this project.
We can click on the button in the lower right-hand corner to navigate to the next page. As we navigate through this project, we'll start to see more interactivity, such as a video and rollover buttons. This spread is one of the most interesting. We have a series of covers with rollovers that let us click, see a larger version, and close them. At the top of the page is a chart. As we roll over each of the topics, the chart updates to show the percentage of the covers that cover this topic.
The other side of the spread has windows that pop up and fade away as you move over them. They are links that bring you to a case study on another page, and as we navigate to the last page of the document, we'll see the numbers slowly fade away. What makes Born Presents such a great example is that you can download the full InDesign source files from Adobe's web site. Let's take a look at them. As you navigate through the document, you'll be able to take it apart and see exactly how the files were made. For example, this chart is actually a multi-state object with different states that are triggered by buttons on the page.
Don't worry if you don't know exactly what this means yet. We'll learn how to create these types of effects later in the scores. Think of this as another exercise that you can take apart and learn how it was created.
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